Apple released iOS & iPadOS 14.8 last Monday to patch serious vulnerabilities that could have been weaponized by hackers to run malicious code on others’ iPhones and iPads via iMessage. Most owners of these devices were advised to update without hesitation, except perhaps jailbreakers, given the gravity of what these vulnerabilities could have entailed.
Now that it’s been a week since that software update, it may come as no surprise that Apple has officially closed the signing window for iOS & iPadOS 14.7.1, the firmware that pre-dated iOS & iPadOS 14.8.
It seemed like jailbreak-viable kernel exploits and security vulnerabilities for iOS & iPadOS 14 had all but disappeared over the course of the past several months, but with iOS & iPadOS 15 right around the corner, that appears to be changing.
Apple on Monday released software updates for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, taking the form of iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 respectively. The updates were joined in good company by the newly released macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 for Apple's Mac computer lineup.
These updates have some noteworthy changes on all the devices they support, however perhaps more-so on the iPhone than on the iPad, as we’re about to discuss.